By Emaley McCulloch, M.Ed., BCBA
bSci21 Contributing Writer
You know you are a behavior analyst when…
you are making a behavior plan in your head for the kid in front of you in the grocery store line.
you compare bruises and bite marks at dinner parties.
you demand data.
your trunk is full of toys, binders and index cards.
you get a high from graphing data.
you quote Skinner at family dinners.
you can masterfully cut starbursts into 1/8ths.
you consider running into Dick Malott, Pat Friman, or Julie Vargas as “celebrity sightings.”
ABC does not just denote the beginning of the alphabet.
your significant other says, “Are you trying to behavioralize me.”
you have graphs, rather than pictures, of your children on the refrigerator.
you refer to getting naked as “disrobing.”
“eloping” doesn’t only mean running off and getting married.
you roll your eyes when someone mixes up negative reinforcement and punishment…again.
you don’t “ignore” your annoying co-worker; you put him on “extinction.”
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*Note: Contributions from Amanda Kelly, Coby Lund, Stephen Eversole, Amy Wiech, Erin Carr-Jordan, Patricia Wright
Emaley McCulloch, M.Ed, BCBA co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC in 2008, and is currently the Vice President of Relias Institute at Relias Learning. Relias Learning is the premier provider of online health care training for Health and Human Services, Senior Care and Public Safety. Emaley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds an MA in Special Education. She has served in the field of ABA for over 18 years and has provided and overseen services to individuals between the ages of 18 months to 24 years in homes, schools and clinical settings. For eight years she served as a consultant and supervisor at agencies based in Hawaii and Japan where she trained groups of professionals and parents. Emaley’s passion is elearning, staff training, dissemination of evidenced-based interventions, research, film and videography and using technology in the field of behavior analysis and special education. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.